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Archive for April, 2010

April 28, 2010

Here’s another one!

Filed under: Student posts @ 9:55 am

I have added a link to “May_k” on our side-bar of protein artists —> Below is the p53 tumor promoter (2OCJ) in a dancing mood!

April 27, 2010

Interesting pictures

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:21 pm

Hey guys, I found this on the internet and thought it was sorta cool.

April 26, 2010

Ideas for the Dead Box?

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:15 pm

Hey guys, so I was browsing around a craft store the other week and I found a plain wooden box. What I am thinking about for my protein portrait is to decorate the box to look old and dirty, somewhat like a treasure chest. Then, with the lid open, I was going to suspend the […]

April 22, 2010

Clathrin Videos – As Promised :)

Filed under: Student posts @ 5:23 pm

I was wondering how the clathrin triskelions all fit together to form the cage, and this neat video cleared it up for me: Clathrin Cage Formation Also, this cracked me up: Clathrin Performance Art!

April 17, 2010

ATP Synthase

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:57 am

ATP Synthase – by Min’s definition, a gigantic protein. (Actually, probably by anyone’s standard.) It puts the might in mightochondria – or would, if mitochondria was spelled that way. A very cool, multi-functional protein that can generate membrane potential one way and ATP the other. Here’s a picture from wikipedia: My problem is that I […]

April 16, 2010

Here is the Calcitonin Molecule I wish to make.

Filed under: Student posts @ 11:43 pm

 I was thinking of making it out of salmon bones


Filed under: Student posts @ 8:53 pm

The folding of the alpha helices was aesthetically appealing when I first saw it. So… I’m not a hundred percent sure I am really happy with this protein but I thought it’s function is pretty sweet. The protein deals with muscular dystrophy. The deficiency of this protein is the root cause of it according to […]


Filed under: Student posts @ 5:11 pm

Ovalbumin seems like it would be a challenge to put together, but it looks like it would also be a lot of fun. The challenge now is to master pretzel and pastry making before I actually start putting my project together. If anyone finds any art made out of baked goods, please send a link […]

April 15, 2010


Filed under: Student posts @ 11:35 pm

As I have noted in class earlier, I wanted to do something microbiology related mainly because I took MB 230H last term. After flipping through some pages from my textbook, a familiar section caught my attention in the virus chapter: prions. These are not viruses, but they can cause diseases. The interesting thing about prions […]

April 13, 2010

Harmonin, A Hearing Protein

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:20 pm

Well, I mentioned that I wanted to choose a protein with some connection to music.  After doing a bit of browsing around on Google Scholar, I came across the structural protein harmonin.  This protein helps to maintain the structure of stereocillia, the small hairs in the inner ear that detect sound waves and ultimately make […]


Filed under: Student posts @ 7:37 am

I was sitting there this morning wondering what protein to do. I don’t know very many proteins and after researching the ones I did know…..I found out they were HUGE! However, I did find ubiquitin. All I knew is that this protein labels other proteins to be disposed of, which in a sick way I […]

April 11, 2010

Protein…alpha version

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:03 pm

This is the protein that I am thinking of modeling thus far.  It’s pretty and varies beta, alpha, beta, alpha, etc.  I’m not entirely sure what it is used for except that it is a DEAD-box protein.  I’ll probably try to incorporate the function into my artistic medium of choice, as well as emphasize the […]

Domain Search

Filed under: Student posts @ 1:22 pm

Hey guys, So if you are still searching for a protein and want to look in each of the CATH or SCOP domains, you can do it from the Protein Data Bank instead of waiting for their individual sites to load.  If you go to the homepage at , on the left hand panel […]

April 9, 2010

Painters and hats

Filed under: Student posts @ 10:19 am

Edgar Degas and Gustav Klimt really knew fashion hats…

April 7, 2010


Filed under: Student posts @ 5:45 pm

Here are some pretty pictures of clathrin for you all! I’m thinking it would be epic to model a partially formed clathrin coated vesicle by creating a retro-styled hat out of clathrin triskelions. Very high fashion, don’t you think?

presentation tomorrow

Filed under: Student posts @ 3:36 pm

I just got this email from the art dept. and thought this sounded pretty cool!  I can’t go, but I thought others might be interested. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jane Nisselson will give a presentation on Filming a Visual History of the Molecule at The Valley Library, Thursday April 8th. The hour-long presentation will be in the Autzen […]

April 6, 2010

Spirals indeed

Filed under: Student posts @ 6:14 pm

Callia made a good suggestion.  Check out the spirals she found.  On Wednesday, we’ll practice making left-handed and right-handed spirals since you’ll need that skill to build alpha helices with the proper handedness.

April 5, 2010


Filed under: Student posts @ 9:47 pm

So I’m finally getting around to posting. Here’s a pretty interesting example of a crossover between science and art… and alcohol.

I’m alive!!…

Filed under: Student posts @ 8:49 pm

Hi y’all, I found these pretty pictures.  I wonder if proteins have these kind of spirals… SMILE! =)

April 2, 2010

Whuddup, keeds!

Filed under: Student posts @ 4:49 pm

Yup, looks like it works. Anywhom…I’m an avid musician, so I’ll probably be looking for a protein linked to music somehow. We’ll see what happens.

April 1, 2010

Testing…testing, 1, 2, 3…

Filed under: Student posts @ 2:20 pm


Obligatory First Post

Filed under: Student posts @ 2:16 pm

I’m not sure what kind of proteins are in eggs, but I suppose that’s what research is for — if I find something good, I might end up making a portrait of that. If I finally master a sugar cookie recipe, I might end up baking my final project. Just one question: can we eat it if I […]

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